Seiko Partners With Queen Guitarist Brian May For "Red Special"-Inspired Seiko 5 Diver

A vibrant two-tone dial with a clear caseback emblazoned with May’s autograph.

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Following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, Japanese watchmaker Seiko partnered up with Queen guitarist Brian May for a sleek diver in its newly-refreshed Seiko 5 Sports line.

The highlight of the watch is no doubt the two-tone black and red dial, inspired by May’s “Red Special” guitar which the musician used throughout his entire career with the band. Displaying the words “Red Special” and “Automatic” signed in a silver cursive font, the dial is finished with lumed round indices and hands, with a day-date complication at 3 o’clock. The caseback itself is also highly decorated, allowing wearers to admire the workhorse caliber 4R36 movement as well as May’s autograph emblazoned in gold atop a “Limited Edition” marking in the same vibrant tone. Completing the watch is a black nylon strap as well as a special box inspired by a guitar case, holding a commemorative coin within.

“I am delighted to see this watch come alive, and proud that the creation of me and my dad all those years ago has inspired this collaboration. I love my Seiko and it has served me well for many years. I will wear this new one with pride,” says May.

Limited to just 9000 units, the Seiko 5 Sports Brian May SRPE3K1 will be available from May for a retail price of €560 EUR, or roughly $610 USD.

Elsewhere in watches, Seiko has just revived the 1979 “Captain Willard” in its Prospex line.

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